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Ramblings from the desk of Mr. Gaff. Monster stretch awaits spring teams. The Second Annual All-LCS Torrington Team to be announced.

POSTED May 05, 2016
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON: From what I understand, in order to write about sports, there should be some time of sporting event happening at some point.

Maybe that’s a stretch, maybe I’m taking some liberties, but that’s what I thought.

Mother Nature usually finds a way to mess with one of the high school sports seasons but having more cancelations in the spring than we did all winter is simply ridiculous.

In honor of Mother’s Day, can we please figure out a way to push that stalled front off of the New England coast line?

I’ll help, I know some big dudes.

….When play does resume, both the Torrington baseball and softball teams will be playing non-stop as the spring campaign sprints towards the finish line which in softball is within two weeks with baseball wrapping up the following week.

The Raiders baseball team stand at 8-6 when things get back underway and has a tentative date to face off against St Paul, today at 3:45 at Fuessenich Park.

St Paul comes in with an 11-2 mark after knocking off Holy Cross on March 29, to take the top spot in the Naugatuck Valley League.

Oxford (10-2) and the Crusaders (10-3) are having terrific seasons as we wind down.

The Raiders travel on Friday (I will only say weather permitting this time) to take on Woodland and then play three games next week.

….Torrington softball looks to get back in action on Friday when they host the Hawks at 4 p.m.

Next week will be a bear for the Raiders who play Monday through Friday against Sacred Heart (away) on Monday, Watertown (away) on Tuesday, Wolcott (home) Wednesday, Naugatuck (away) on Thursday before wrapping up an exhausting week in Bristol when they face St Paul.

Ouch. Talk about a taxing week for the Raiders pitching staff, led by junior Ali Dubois.

….On the Berkshire League baseball front, how about those Thomaston Golden Bears?

Winners of seven in a row, the Bears sport a 9-3 record at the moment after an impressive 11-1 win over Shepaug who came to Thomaston with a 10-2 mark and left feeling rather empty.

Northwestern holds the top spot with a 9-2 mark (9-1 in the BL).

….In softball action, the Bears saw their ultra-impressive 70 game BL winning streak come to an end in a 2-1 loss in extras to Wamogo at the end of April.

Thomaston is still the team to beat but the Warriors, who lost to the Bears 10-0 in the team’s first meeting, made a statement with the win.

Expect both to make some noise in the State Tournament.

….The Second Annual LCS All-Torrington High School Team Banquet is shaping up to be some kind of event this year, showcasing some of the best athletes the Raiders have to offer.

The event will be held on Thursday, June 9 at Chatterley’s in Torrington (formally the Cornucopia) with local officials and special guest speakers on hand to celebrate a pair of athletes from ever team that Torrington offers.

We will announce the Fall Sports winners on Friday, May 13. The Winter Sports student athletes on Friday, May 20 and the Spring Sports honorees on Friday, May 27.

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